Astronomy and Space

NASA’s Lucy Will Be the First Space Mission to Study the Trojan Asteroids

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, stated that their Lucy mission will be the first space mission to study the Trojan asteroids.

According to NASA, Lucy is to complete a twelve (12) years journey to eight different asteroids which include the Main Belt asteroid and seven Trojans. “No other space mission in history has been launched to as many different destinations in independent orbits around our sun,” claimed the spaced administration.

Lucy is slated in October 2021.

Why is the Mission Called Lucy

The mission was named after a fossilized human ancestor called by her discoverers, “Lucy.”

A unique insight into the evolution of humanity has been provided with Lucy’s skeleton. “Likewise, the Lucy mission will revolutionize our knowledge of planetary origins and the formation of our solar system,” wrote NASA Official, Brian Dunbar, on the overview of the mission.

The Trojan Asteroids

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Trojan asteroids, as described by NASA, are the leftover building blocks of the solar system’s outer planets orbiting the Sun at the distance of Jupiter. It is also thought to be remnants of the primordial material that formed the outer planets.

“These primitive bodies hold vital clues to deciphering the history of the solar system, and perhaps even the origins of organic material on Earth,” explained NASA.

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Source: NASA| Asteroids, NASA| Lucy, NASA| Mission

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